Archive for October, 2007

The tort system may achieve what the state legislatures could not with the hate-based Westboro Baptist Church. (more…)

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In what may be a disappointment for many, the Senate leadership has scheduled a vote on Mukasey for next Tuesday despite his refusal to recognize that waterboarding is torture. (more…)

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For the second time since his disasterous hearing, Michael Mukasey has refused to recognize that waterboarding is torture in answers to the Senate. (more…)

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For many liberals and civil libertarians, the Senate Democrats have long been the political equivalent of the Italian army: They are best seen on parade. (more…)

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For years, it has been rumored that the FBI used mob muscle to coerce information from a Klansman to locate the bodies of civil rights workers James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, (more…)

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The White House continues to try to spin the presumptively false testimony of Michael Mukasey before the Senate. (more…)

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will again enter the debate over curbing Internet porn. (more…)

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The Supreme Court has grant cert to hear the Exxon Valdez cse and to agree whether Exxon Mobil should have to pay any punitive damages for the 1989 disaster that fouled 1,200 miles of pristine Alaskan shoreline. (more…)

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It appears that even being a government minister is not enough to protect you from being pulled aside for ‘flying while Muslim.” (more…)

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After the Florida Supreme Court threw out the $145 billion jury award against Big Tobacco, the industry celebrated the avoidance of a near disaster. However, individual cases are now lining up to return to court ahead of a January 11th deadline. (more…)

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The American Bar Association has called for a freeze on executions across the country. (more…)

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One of the concerns about closing the Cuba facilities for detainees is that it would only lead to detainees disappearing into unknown facilities. That concern seems to have been realized with regard to the CIA secret prisons. (more…)

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In an unexpected move, the U.S. Army is close to overturning the convictions of 63 black soldiers 63 years ago in Seattle after rioting of POWs at Fort Lawton. (more…)

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Never a great defender of the constitutional rights as a senator, Sen. Craig will now raise an important challenge to the constitutionality of his arrest. (more…)

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The White House has issued a defense of Judge Mukasey’s presumably false testimony that he was unaware of the techniques used in waterboarding — the favorite form of torture employed by the CIA. (more…)

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The New York Times has qouted Majority Leader Harry Reid in an extraordinary statement and suggests that Democrats will not fight on the principle of torture — or another civil liberties issue in the last six years. (more…)

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FEMA is still trying to recover from its almost criminal negligence during the Katrina disaster. Eager to court good news on its California efforts, however, FEMA showed equally bad judgment in staging a news conference in which staffers posed questions like reporters without revealing the deception to the public. (more…)

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The Missouri Highway Patrol is testing a new scanning device that can detect the presence of meth at the press of a button. (more…)

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The Geroge Supreme Court has found the 10-year sentence of Genarlow Wilson to be unconstitutional as cruel and unusual punishment. It is the final righting of a terrible wrong — brought about by a complete lack of prosecutorial discretion and logic. (more…)

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The White House is defending its suppression of the results of health threats caused by global warming. (more…)

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The original CDC report on climate change has been leaked. For the full testimony, click here

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The UN Environment Program’s fourth Global Environmental Outlook is out and it is bleak. (more…)

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A trial is on the way to determine whether privacy or free speech will prevail in a torts actions against the Westboro Baptist church of Topeka, Kansas, whose members have taunted the families of dead soldiers at their funerals with signs like “Thank God for dead soldiers.” (more…)

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For many, the campaign of Rex Duncan, an Oklahoma legislator, upset at receiving a free Koran (or Quran) was just an example of one highly bigoted individual. (more…)

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Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Kansas, has filed an interesting challenge to a grand jury investigating his activities. Kansas allows citizens to gather signatures to call a grand jury investigation. (more…)

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Harry Potter may have fought the death eaters and Lord Voldemort to a stand still but he is no match for Catholic St. Joseph’s pastor, the Rev. Ron Barker. (more…)

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The government’s terrorist watch list has swelled to more than 755,000 names, according to a new government report that warns the the lack of restraint on putting people on the list is making it meaningless from a security standpoint — and increasingly annoying for citizens barred from flights. (more…)

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In past cases involving shootings, police have argued that some people use the police to end their lives in so-called “suicide by cop” cases. Now, a defendant is claiming that another man wanted to be shot when he tried to engage in gay sex — what his defense attorney called “suicide by rape.” (more…)

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President Bush has only recently back off of his long opposition to the theory of global warming, once even rejected his own scientists support of the theory as “junk science.” Now, however, it has been disclosed that the White House cut out testimony to Congress that revealed the scope of the dangers of global warming to citizens. (more…)

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The attorney general nominee’s evasive remarks on ‘water-boarding’ should disqualify him from the job. (more…)

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Oklahoma state Representative Rex Duncan is leading a campaign against the supply of copies of the Koran as part of a larger gift from the Governor’s Ethnic American Advisory Council. (more…)

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Sen. Craig has reported that he is tapping into campaign funds to pay his legal fees. (more…)

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After completing an expensive study of safety problems like near collisions and runway interference, the Administration found far more dangerous conditions than anticipated. The result: it has withheld the information and ordered the destruction of documents to protect the industry from its own errors. (more…)

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In what should be considered an outrage, the White House told Congress that it would grant or deny access to key documents sought for oversight on whether the two houses included an immunity provision for the telecommunication companies. (more…)

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The federal District Court court in Dallas declared a mistrial Monday on almost all of the counts against the Holy Land Foundation, the Islamic charity accused of illegally funneling money to the militant Palestinian group Hamas. It is a major loss for the government and one that is likely to be heralded by civil libertarians concerned over the almost limitless definition of what constitutes material support for terrorists. (more…)

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Disbarred Minnesota attorney and convicted pedophile Stephen Danforth is about to get an opportunity that few lawyers experience: to have a case argued before the Supreme Court. (more…)

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An Illinois court dismissed a case alleging a new popular theory of recovery for jilted spouses being seen in more courts: alienation of affection. (more…)

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New Jersey second-grader Kyle Walker drew a stick figure shooting a gun — and found himself suspended from school. (more…)

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Government officials have admitted to newspaper that they have used extraordinary renditions to send individuals to other countries for torture. Congress rather belatedly after six years of GOP control is now looking into these abuses. (more…)

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The case against the two Arizona newspaper executives has been dropped by the Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. (more…)

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Hawley Crippen was once the most famous murderer in England — and may now be the most famously wrongly accused and executed man in England. (more…)

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With financial and political support of democratic leaders, particularly Raum Emanuel, the military will add to its controversial Marine run high school with high schools for the other services: (more…)

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A federal magistrate has rejected claims from the White House and recommended the issuance of a court order against the White House to ensure the preservation of e-mails. (more…)

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Given the Crist controversy, the prior column below on the separation of church and state may be of interest. (more…)

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is under attack after an event in which Rabbi Schneur Oirechman affixed a mezuzah from Israel upon the doorway of his Capitol office on Oct. 11. (more…)

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Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., has opposed a modest program to save turtles being wiped out along a highway in Michigan. (more…)

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Despite refusing to denounce water-boarding as torture and cl aiming a lack of knowledge of the technique, leading democrats are still praising Mukasey for “at least answering the question.” He has also come out against a major reform demanded after attacks by the Administration. (more…)

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Given the recent crack down on reporters in Arizona, the prior column from the Washington below on the grand jury secrecy may be of interest. (more…)

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In a clear attack on the first amendment, the editors of an Alternative Newspaper have been arrested on charges of violating Grand Jury secrecy. (more…)

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In his confirmation hearing, Judge Mukasey has refused to say whether a well-known torture technique is indeed torture. If Democrats are serious about demanding a return to the rule of law, it is an issue that should compel Senators to withhold their votes in confirmation. (more…)

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